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Re: Pot Culture (no, it's not what you think!)

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Pot Culture (no, it's not what you think!)
  • From: "Merrily A. Smith" <merrilyann@erols.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 18:40:58 -0700 (MST)

I have several TBs, some historic, in pots because the garden is full and I
couldn't bear to throw them out.  They've lived through the winter ok,
though that's not much considering how mild the winter in DC has been.
They are growing, too.  I gave them the same treatment I gave the iris in
the ground -- course sand on top, then pine branches across the rhizomes.
Whether any will bloom is another story.  But as I said, at least they ain't
daid yet.  Merrily Smith

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 1998 4:09 PM
Subject: Pot Culture (no, it's not what you think!)

> How is
>>potting and keeping outside, however heavily mulched, any different
>>from planting in the ground and keeping heavily mulched?
>Excellent question.  I've read a lot about potting up irises, even TBs, on
>the list, and wonder about them.  I'd only pot up an iris if it were not
>possible at all to plant it in the ground, or if for some reason it had to
>be kept in the greenhouse for a while.  But I recall reading about some
>people on the list potting up TB rhizomes as soon as they arrive, and later
>planting them in the ground.  What gives?  What are the circumstances under
>which YOU would pot up an iris?
>Bill Shear
>Department of Biology
>Hampden-Sydney College
>Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
>FAX (804)223-6374

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